ForeverMissed
This memorial website is lovingly created to honor the memory of our dearest son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, friend, lover, teammate, kindred band and music enthusiast, fellow dog lover, traveling partner, drinking buddy, photographer, designer, coworker and acquaintance, Christopher J. Politzki. Please join us in celebrating and paying tribute to Chris by sharing your stories, pictures, audios and videos of him. The Chris we know and love is just one tiny, glimmering facet that created the whole, brilliantly multifaceted gem of a human being that he was, and will forever be in all of our hearts. Chris was kind, deep, passionate, loyal, genuine, talented, caring, mysterious, smart, funny, good-looking, friendly, considerate and, if you happened to catch him on an "off" day, could sometimes be the complete opposite of all of these too, (this is coming from his sister, afterall). ;-)

Chris was known for throwing himself wholeheartedly into his passions and interests, and he had quite a few of them. When Chris was about 8 years old, one of our uncles taught him how to shoot photos with our deceased father's camera and his artistic eye began capturing the world around him. At around the age of eleven, he delivered newspapers to scrape up enough money to buy his first guitar and take lessons. His love of music and collecting music memorabilia all began with the band Kiss and grew into his current impressive collection of varying artists. At around that same time, a hockey playing family friend introduced him to the sport and before we knew it, Chris became a budding hockey player, hitting the ice for the DU Junior Hockey League.

While Chris was attending college at CSU in Fort Collins, he spent a summer in a photographic workshop in Florence, Italy, which was the first time he traveled to Europe, and also when he caught the traveling bug. Throughout his adult life, Chris traveled extensively throughout Europe, photographing his journeys, playing his guitar and following some of favorite musicians, especially Roy Harper. He also lived in Germany for a while, which is where he met Sigrid, who became his wife and they lived there until they moved back to Colorado. The time he spent traveling around Europe really seemed to help Chris flourish, especially when it came to his relations with people and taking the initiative to follow his dreams.

Chris was a real-life animal whisperer. Growing up, we had cats and other small critters around that always sought Chris's company and affection. As an adult, he and Sigrid adopted 2 great shelter dogs, Jack and Miles. They were the first dogs Chris had parented, and he was smitten. After separating from Sigrid, Miles became Chris's life partner and when Miles passed away in 2017, he was heartbroken. It took Chris some time, but he eventually adopted another dog, Major, and then Ike as well, his two Potcake Bahama island boys rescued by Outpaws.

Green thumbs are inherent amongst the Politzki's, and Chris had that in spades. This year, in 2020, he worked really hard on growing his gardens. Those following him on facebook and instagram have watched his gardens grow. He built himself and his guests a peaceful sanctuary to be in and visit.

Throughout his entire life, Chris remained loyal and committed to his passions and interests, and he excelled at each and every one of them. We believe he had finally made it to a place in his life where he was truly happy and content, keeping himself busy with activities that nourished his soul while also being of service to his family, friends and neighbors. Chris was one of the good guys and his absence will reverberate through all our lives.

Below is a letter to us from one of Chris's most beloved musical idols. We feel it beautifully reflects who Chris was, and we know how thrilled Chris would be by this letter.

Dear Laura,

How very sad. This came as a shock to us all here. I thought about how I might contact you, to pay our respects, but I’d conceded that we should leave it for a while that you might recover a little from the loss.

Chris was such a lovely person. So gentle, kind and humble. It was a pleasure to be in his company because he was so thoughtful and undemanding.

He always made me feel that I should reciprocate in kind, and I did my best to meet his very high standard of humility and friendly behaviour whenever we were around each other.

In the rough and tumble, and general cynicism of being part of the shark infested music business my attitude can often have a barbed and defensive edge to it. Chris was a great relief from all of that nonsense. 
 
He was indicative of the kind of person who is an antidote to all that, who could bring me back, make me aware again, of the person I should always strive to be, which is who I really am. 

In terms of being truly human, he was an exemplar.

Our heartfelt commiserations to all his family and friends from our family.

With Love,

Roy and Tracy



Chris's dogs, Major and Ike, have gone back to the Outpaws and the Humane Society of Grand Bahama. The boys are looking for a forever home together, preferably someone active who will take them on adventures like Chris did. To read their bios and apply to meet them, apply online at:

www.rezdawgrescue.org

For those of you interested in making donations in Chris's memory to the organizations that he supported, here are links to a few of them.

outpaws.org
rezdawgrescue.org
dawgnationhockey.org
foothillsanimalshelter.org
ddfl.org
bestfriends.org

Links to Chris's Social Media Sites:

https://www.facebook.com/chris.politzki.guitar
https://www.facebook.com/chris.politzki
youtube.com/cjpolitzki
flickr.com/photos/16434329@NO3
twitter.com/CJPolitzki
instagram: cjpolitzki.photography
www.instacanv.as/cjpolitzki
instagram: cjpolitzki.guitar
soundcloud.com/chris-j-politzki



























Posted by Joseph Stiles on September 30, 2020
Chris was a very unique friend to Kaile and I. We worked together for a time and he made a point to stay connected after I left. He had such a diversity of interests, with a strong dedication for each one. He wanted to share his sources of happiness. I think he did this so his friends might also find the same enjoyment. Chris surrounded himself with good people and made an effort to introduce them to each other. His passions and his kindness made him a truly bright light among us.
Posted by Pete Jordan on September 20, 2020
Well I'm glad we had that one last beer this summer and got to do that a few times during the plague at least. It was always good to get the mid week text from Chris asking how I was doing and when we should go grab another drink somewhere since we couldn't go see any live bands of his that his friends were playing in anymore. Well we at least go to roam around Europe, he showing me Prague (I'd only ever been in Eastern Czeh before) and me showing him Poland and then him showing me around Berlin with his former brother in law. Maybe you can join me now on my solo trips I do when we're allowed to fly internationally again, just in another form, but hey I might need a guardian on my pub hopping nights. As usual it was always Chris that took the photos when we were out so the only ones I have of him are the ones he took of us...
Posted by Duane Helderlein on September 8, 2020
The sport of ice hockey has brought many positive things to my life; the most positive being friendships I have developed along the way. Chris and I became friends after he joined team Chaos as an at-large player one summer. And little did we know at that time that would start a life-long friendship. While teams came and went over the years, Chris and I found ourselves wearing the same team logo. Going forward, it will not be the same without you, stepping on the ice next time, and you not there to share passes in warm-ups, being my wing pair and line-mate, scoring goals and creating assists together, recapping plays in the locker room after the game, and most occasions tipping back a cold brew, sharing stories, and talking about what life has thrown at you. Creating memories. And there are so many years of memories that go beyond ice hockey. Attending concerts and sporting events, skiing and snowboarding, venturing out to new brew pubs, road trips, photography, gardening, home improvement projects, sharing stories about our respective travels, and sprinkled with lots of laughs along the way. Every day I think about you, Chris. Thank you for all of the great times and memories, my friend. You are loved, you are missed, and you will live forever in each heart you touched. Prost!
Posted by Patrick Harris on September 8, 2020
Chris, we are all missing you and I think about you daily. I miss the times we spent at the Lowry Beer Garden catching up on life and sharing stories. I miss the times we spent at my house with you patiently trying to teach me guitar. I miss all the shifts on the ice we had together for years on end playing the game we both loved. Most of all I just miss you, a genuine quality good guy. Know that everyone is a better person to have been in your presence. Look forward to the time our paths once again cross. Until then......
Posted by Linda Scherrer on September 2, 2020
A true Renaissance man. Mastered whatever he set his mind to. A gentle, quiet soul. I was always impressed by his love for his pets. Now Chris will run free with his beloved Miles and Jack and all the others.
Chris, your memory will always be for a blessing.
I'll miss you, honey.
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Posted by KARL FENNER on September 1, 2020
AS A RANGER: Chris was a great friend to me, and beloved by all of us on the Denver Rangers hockey team. He will be missed, and dearly so, by all of us. We plan to pay tribute to him this season in a variety of ways. I am committed to NEVER forget Chris Politzki!
Posted by Laura Politzki on August 30, 2020
Your baby sister is missing you, Chris. There is a gigantic hole in all our lives where you once stood. Mom and I are learning so much more about you through all the lives you touched. One thing is clear, this earth has lost one of it's purest, good souls. I love you, Chris, always and forever. Till we meet again, my big bro, go get busy on the other side doing the higher work you were called away to do. Catch up with you soon!

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Posted by Joseph Stiles on September 30, 2020
Chris was a very unique friend to Kaile and I. We worked together for a time and he made a point to stay connected after I left. He had such a diversity of interests, with a strong dedication for each one. He wanted to share his sources of happiness. I think he did this so his friends might also find the same enjoyment. Chris surrounded himself with good people and made an effort to introduce them to each other. His passions and his kindness made him a truly bright light among us.
Posted by Pete Jordan on September 20, 2020
Well I'm glad we had that one last beer this summer and got to do that a few times during the plague at least. It was always good to get the mid week text from Chris asking how I was doing and when we should go grab another drink somewhere since we couldn't go see any live bands of his that his friends were playing in anymore. Well we at least go to roam around Europe, he showing me Prague (I'd only ever been in Eastern Czeh before) and me showing him Poland and then him showing me around Berlin with his former brother in law. Maybe you can join me now on my solo trips I do when we're allowed to fly internationally again, just in another form, but hey I might need a guardian on my pub hopping nights. As usual it was always Chris that took the photos when we were out so the only ones I have of him are the ones he took of us...
Posted by Duane Helderlein on September 8, 2020
The sport of ice hockey has brought many positive things to my life; the most positive being friendships I have developed along the way. Chris and I became friends after he joined team Chaos as an at-large player one summer. And little did we know at that time that would start a life-long friendship. While teams came and went over the years, Chris and I found ourselves wearing the same team logo. Going forward, it will not be the same without you, stepping on the ice next time, and you not there to share passes in warm-ups, being my wing pair and line-mate, scoring goals and creating assists together, recapping plays in the locker room after the game, and most occasions tipping back a cold brew, sharing stories, and talking about what life has thrown at you. Creating memories. And there are so many years of memories that go beyond ice hockey. Attending concerts and sporting events, skiing and snowboarding, venturing out to new brew pubs, road trips, photography, gardening, home improvement projects, sharing stories about our respective travels, and sprinkled with lots of laughs along the way. Every day I think about you, Chris. Thank you for all of the great times and memories, my friend. You are loved, you are missed, and you will live forever in each heart you touched. Prost!
his Life

Dad's Documentation of Christopher's Birth Day

Christopher Johannes Politzki
Was born at 6:43 PM, 19th Nov. 1968 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Denver, Colorado, to Peter John Politzki and Paula Eugene Politzki.
He weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. He had a dimple in his chin and tiny red marks at the middle of his forehead, blue eyes and blond hair.
We both expected a girl, since Paula's side of the family favors girls, and were both surprised and very happy to have a son.

Mom's Remembrance of Chris's Birth Day

It was a cold day, spitting snow. He was a beautiful baby, he wasn't all shriveled up like a lot of babies are. His eyes were open right away and he was looking around. There were a couple of movie stars, Van Heflin and John Saxon, in the hospital that day and so mom and baby were sent to the ER instead of maternity at first and everyone was hustling around because of the celebrities. Chris was the first baby boy born on her side of the family for generations.
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Shared by Paula Politzki on September 16, 2020
Chris waiting for train in Germany. Mom took the photo as she was visiting him at the time with Karl

My friend Chris

Shared by Matt Patton on September 13, 2020
I met Chris in the 5th grade at Palmer Elementary.  My family had recently moved to Denver where we lived for 4 years before moving to Seattle.  Chris, Paula, and Laura lived up on Grape Street and we were on Holly. 

I remember playing street hockey, wandering alleys, doodling, listening to Chris's beloved KISS along with the classic rock of the day, watching Dukes of Hazard (Chris did a mean Rosco P. Coltrane impersonation) and some of the earliest music videos, ride-sharing to hockey practices at DU and coming home completely passed out together in the back seat. 

For some period of time, I think I spent most every day after school at the Politskis, hanging out with Chris and eating up all their snack food (I'm sorry, Paula!).  I always felt welcome and appreciated, and am forever grateful for that. 

Even then it was clear Chris had natural musical and artistic talent.  It seemed to come easy to him.  It didn't hurt that he was patient, curious, and diligent.  Unlike me who would be on to the next thing like most kids that age, once Chris got into something, he didn't let go.  Viewing his life photos here made my heart warm to see how he remained committed to the guitar and hockey his entire life.  That's Chris.

I remember Chris coming up to visit my family in Seattle the summer after our sophomore years in high school.  Fresh with our licenses, my folks let us take their 1977 VW camper and tour the Olympic Peninsula alone for a few days. Chris was in heaven driving the van and being out on the road. 

I lost contact with Chris as high school progressed and life took us on our own adult paths.  But we all have people in our lives who are with us forever whether or not you see or talk to them.  For me (and my family), Chris was one of those people and I am fortunate to have that special connection.

I am so happy to know Chris had found genuine peace in his life.  I trust he has found even more now. 



Shared by Diana Calvo on September 12, 2020
In July 2019 I met Chris through Rover.com, a dog-sitting app. Over the course of the last year, my pup, Joey, stayed with Chris and Ike and Major on many occassions. Joey is also a Potcake, and so in our brief interactions, we would refer to all three of them as "cousins."

One thing I always appreciated about Chris was his calm demeanor and the calm environment he provided for the dogs. While I didn't know Chris very well, I trusted him with my dog. I knew that Joey was loved and safe in Chris's care. This will always mean a great deal to me. 

Also, I know that Joey loved Chris. When we would turn the corner to drive up to the house, Joey would start wagging his tail with excitement, and when Chris came out of the house to greet us, Joey could barely contain himself!

Chris's photos of Joey during his stays were beautiful, artistic, and special. Through Instagram, I came to appreciate Chris's photography, and his many interests. I followed his gardening adventures this summer, and I got a kick out of his hashtag #epicgardening. The photograph I've shared was taken by Chris during one of Joey's visits. From left to right: Joey, Ike, Chris.

Chris's death makes me reflect on just how much every person matters, and how we impact each other all the time, in ways that aren't always so obvious. Even though I didn't know Chris well enough to call him a friend, he was a part of my life. Joey and I will both miss him dearly.